In Venezuela the revolutionary process has been overwhelmingly
supported by the
population in seven successive elections during the last 5 years. The
so-called "democratic" opposition represents the interests of an
for decades has controlled the natural resources of the country and
want to renounce its privileges. With their power challenged, they've
levers of the mass media at their disposal to propagate slanders and
Chavez and the Bolivarian movement. Their allies in America have
But not one of these falsehoods can stand when confronted by a few
Brodzinsky's article ("Leftwing dictator or saviour of
the poor: Chavez faces new challenge to his rule") fits into the pattern of
half-truths and open lies that characterises the media coverage of the
Bolivarian revolution. We expect this kind of thing from The Economist (which
openly calls for "regime change") but not from the Guardian.We could not believe our eyes!
We sent a letter to
the Guardian (published on Thursday, May 25), but because this comes from a
paper seen as "progressive" by many, we are providing a more detailed
This is the reply to a letter we received from an Irish supporter of the Hands
Off Venezuela international solidarity campaign who points to a number of criticisms of Chavez and his policies that
found on a socialist web site. Jorge Martin replies to these points in order to
clarify what is really happening in Venezuela.
The attitude to revolution is the acid test for revolutionaries. Yet surprisingly many of those who call themselves Marxists have proved organically incapable of understanding the Venezuelan revolution or intervening in it. Two years ago, when the attempted coup against the Chavez government was defeated by the revolutionary movement of the masses, the response of most of the Left internationally was a deafening silence. Now the ultra-left have suddenly been getting hot under the collar - not about the Venezuelan revolution, but about the apparent opportunism of the Marxist tendency, gathered around this web site. Alan Woods points out a few elementary points that to any serious Marxist would be ABC.
Alan Woods provides some very interesting insights into the processes taking place within the Venezuelan working class, the discussions on what kind of workers’ control is needed, on what is the next step facing the Revolution, and so on. His notes from his trip to Venezuela in April reveal a growing socialist consciousness among the Venezuelan masses. See also pictures from the visit.
The following is an article written by Roland Schmidt for an upcoming
NDYC (New Democratic Youth of Canada) newsletter focusing on Venezuela
and the Hands off Venezuela campaign. Read the article on Handsoffvenezuela.org.